ASLA supports legislation that would establish centers of
excellence for green infrastructure and assist in implementing green
infrastructure projects that will address stormwater management issues.
Background & Analysis
Congresswoman Donna Edwards (MD) and Senator Tom Udall (NM)
have introduced H.R. 1175 and S. 896, the Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act of 2015, legislation that
would allow states, localities and other qualified entities to receive grants
to plan, design, and implement green infrastructure projects that will address
stormwater management and other water quality and quantity issues.
The legislation would also establish at least 3 Centers of
Excellence for Green Infrastructure across the country which would, among other
things, provide technical assistance to state and local governments and conduct
research on stormwater, sewer overflow reduction, and other approaches to water
resource enhancement. Finally, the
legislation would promote the use of green infrastructure by encouraging the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to integrate green infrastructure in
permitting and other regulatory programs, codes, and ordinance development.
ASLA has joined with the American Rivers, the Natural
Resource Defense Council, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies,
Water Environment Federation to urge congressional support for legislation that
would promote the use of green infrastructure to manage stormwater.
Rep. Donna Edwards (MD) and co-sponsors
Sen. Tom Udall (NM) and co-sponsors
H.R. 1175 was reintroduced on Tuesday April 14, 2015 and
referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and the
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
S. 896 was reintroduced on Monday April 13, 2015 and
referred to the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works.
The Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act (H.R. 2030, S.1115 was introduced in the 112th and the 111th Congress by Rep. Donna Edwards
(MD) and Senator Tom Udall (NM). ASLA
successfully worked to secure several sponsors for both measures.
On September 28, 2011, the House Transportation and
Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment held a hearing
on “Impact of Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development on the Nation’sWater Quality, Economy and Communities,” where David Yocca, FASLA, representing
ASLA, testified on the use of landscape architecture design techniques that
address stormwater management while jumpstarting economic development in
communities. Both the 112th and the
111th Congress expired before further action was taken on either measure.
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Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Management Summary
Video of David Yocca, FASLA Hearing Testimony
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